Nadal with­draws from ATP Fi­nals

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LONDON >> Rafael Nadal will have to wait an­other year to win the ATP Fi­nals.

The world No. 1 with­drew from the elite, sea­son-end­ing tour­na­ment af­ter los­ing his open­ing match to David Gof­fin 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 on Mon­day at the O2 Arena.

Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters at the quar­ter­fi­nal stage 10 days ago and ad­mit­ted ahead of the ATP Fi­nals on the in­door hard­court he strug­gles on that his knees, which have caused him trouble through­out his ca­reer, were still “not per­fect.”

De­spite hav­ing qual­i­fied 13 con­sec­u­tive times for the ATP Fi­nals, only eight of which he’s been fit enough to com­pete in, Nadal has never won the event. Spain will still be rep­re­sented, as Nadal will be re­placed by U.S. Open semi­fi­nal­ist Pablo Car­reno Busta.

“My sea­son is fin­ished,” Nadal said. “Yeah, I had the com­mit­ment with the event, with the city, with my­self. I tried hard. I did the thing that I had to do to try to be ready to play. I tried, but se­ri­ously was mir­a­cle to be very close in the score dur­ing the match.”

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